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English movie “Desires of the Heart”, produced by Odisha-born Solila Parida, has won the best foreign film award at the LA Femme Film Festival in Los Angeles.Solila-parida

“We have tried to tell an untold story in an entertaining way. I am happy that everybody liked the film. It was team work,” Parida told IANS over phone from New York, where she is based.

Jitendra Mishra, also from Odisha and known for co-producing award-winning film “I Am Kalam”, is the associate producer of the film.

“Desires of the Heart” is a love story that focuses on ‘Sati’ practice followed in certain Indian communities in which a recently widowed woman would immolate herself on her husband’s funeral pyre. The practice was banned several times, with the current ban dating to 1829 by the British.

The film, which deals with the ‘Sati’ practice in a light manner with a good dose of drama, suspense and great music, was shot in Savannah, Georgia as well as in Bikaner, Rajasthan.

The cast includes Hollywood stars Val Lauren and Alicia Minshew and Bollywood actors Gulshan Grover and Harsh Mayar.

She settled in the US over two decades ago and she has been making international movies for the global market in English with both Hollywood and Bollywood stars. “Desires of the Heart” is her fourth feature film after producing “Vishkanya”, “Koi Hai” and “Bandit Lovers”.